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Johnny Fox—AKA BC Johnny—is an award-winning British-Canadian humo(u)r writer living in Canada. He's worked as a sports journalist since his early 20s, including stints at the Daily Mail, Golf Monthly, Cycling Weekly and Canadian Running. Highlights include chasing Tiger round The Open in 2001, blagging his way to Wembley multiple times and watching Kournikova at Wimbledon. He was there to see Becker and Henman, but kept getting distracted. He's also edited for the Vancouver Sun, written for BC Business and hosted his own radio show in Toronto. Johnny has a First-Class degree in Sports Science—which sounds good but obviously means diddly-squat in the real world. And he loves to run, though vehemently claims it's not "away from" anything and always "towards" something. Usually a post-race buffet. And the 'award-winning' he refers to up top is nothing to do with humour writing: They're all for playing soccer, golf and running. But if people want to assume things. Those humour gongs are imminent, though. It's simply a matter of time... and some focused bribery. Johnny lives in Victoria, British Columbia—the perfect place for his conservative pot-smoking. He's single and something of an anomaly, now being in his mid-40s and never having married. He believes this may be to do with his secret admiration for King Solomon, and would be up for trying out the 700-wives thing—at least for a month.
on Sep. 03, 2013 :
The hilarious short stories in Chilled Almonds will help you navigate the most challenging of life's conundrums, such as finding a good swimming pool, ordering a drink at Starbucks, or chatting up a member of the opposite sex.
While such challenges leave many people in tears, Johnny Fox chooses to look at them from a humorous perspective. His advice is often more funny than practical, but overall I think this book will leave the reader better able to face life's struggled, armed with a sense of humour, optimism, and adventure.
Some of my favorite parts included reminiscing on "The Littlest Hobo," a Canadian TV show about a heroic dog. While personally I find the littlest hobo very cute and amusing as he tries to do human-like things with his paws, Johnny Fox sees him as a personal role model. This is both funny and inspiring, as the author portrays himself as the lone hero, traversing vast continents and never staying long in one place.
A study in disgusting swimming pools was another favorite.
Johnny Fox definitely has some peculiarities, and the collection allows us to get to know him. Some of the stories focus on these peculiarities, while others deal with everyday experiences that everyone can relate to and laugh at. It's a good mix, or should I say, bag of mixed nuts?
(reviewed 6 months after purchase)